Facing Future

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Facing Future
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Facing Future.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1993
Recorded1988, 1993 at Audio Resource in Honolulu, Hawaii; 1993 at Palehua, Hawaii
LabelMountain Apple
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole chronology
Ka 'Ano'i
Facing Future
E Ala E
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Facing Future is an album by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, released in 1993. The best-selling album of all time by a Hawaiian artist, Facing Future combines traditional Hawaiian-language songs, hapa haole songs with traditional instrumentation and two Jawaiian (Island reggae) tracks. The album's sales have been driven not only by its popularity with Hawaiian audiences but by its popularity in the mainland United States and around the world, particularly the track "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," which has been licensed for use in movies (Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates, Fred Claus, Hubble, Son of the Mask) television shows (ER, Cold Case, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Life On Mars, Glee) and commercials (eToys). Facing Future reached platinum status in 2005.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hawaiʻi '78 Introduction (Mickey Ioane) (5:05)
  2. Ka Huila Wai (Alfred Alohikea) (3:18)
  3. ʻAmaʻama (Sam Alama) (2:11)
  4. Panini Pua Kea (John Kameaaloha Almeida) (3:06)
  5. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert) (4:56)
  6. Kūhiō Bay (Keliana Bishaw) (3:29)
  7. Ka Pua Uʻi (Bina Mossman) (2:53)
  8. White Sandy Beach of Hawaiʻi (Willie Dann) (2:37)
  9. Henehene Kou ʻAka (Traditional) (4:22)
  10. Lā ʻElima (Elizabeth Kapeka Kuahuia) (3:37)
  11. Pili Me Kaʻu Manu (Johnny Spencer) (2:33)
  12. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man (Del Beazley) (3:53)
  13. Kaulana Kawaihae (Alice Na`ai) (4:03)
  14. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen / Bob Thiele, George David Weiss) (5:07)
  15. Hawaiʻi '78 (Mickey Ioane) (5:15)


  • Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – ukulele, vocals
  • Del Beazley – guitar
  • Mel Amina – guitar
  • Gaylord Holomalia – keyboards, programming
  • Analu ʻAina – electric bass (uncredited)
  • Roland Cazimero – acoustic bass, guitar
  • Mike Muldoon – percussion


  • Produced by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and Jon de Mello
  • Engineered and mixed by Milan Bertosa
  • Mastered by Jon Golden

Charts and certifications[edit]